Thursday, January 30, 2014

Praktyka Teoretyczna (Theoretical Practice) - Call for Papers

PRAKTYKA TEORETYCZNA (THEORETICAL PRACTICE) – CALL FOR PAPERS

Praktyka Teoretyczna: http://www.praktykateoretyczna.pl/

This Call for Papers is for the Introduction section, known as "Varia" in the fourth issue of "Theoretical Practice". “Varia” will be concerned with unsolicited texts, interesting research topics and interventions that do not fit into the thematic nature of the issue. “Varia” will then become a permanent feature of the journal thereafter.
We encourage you to submit to the Editor scientific articles in the area of broader leftist thought and engaged research practice, in writing that is clear, and is in tune with the practical-theoretical perspective of the journal (with particular emphasis on Marxist thought, as well as, among others, biopolitics, poststructuralism, posthumanism, postcolonial studies, gender, queer, urban, animal research or higher education).
This invitation is permanent and is not associated with any particular deadline for submitting articles. The authors and the author must, however, reckon with the fact that the potential publication will depend on the normal mode of publishing in the magazine.
The volume of the article (written in Polish or English) can not exceed 40 thousand characters (including spaces and footnotes, please refer to the other guidelines in the section for authors ). Each of the texts is subject to technical editing and double-substantive editorial. Those articles that undergo the process of positive evaluation will be peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers, independent and non-editorial, who have expertise in the field and relevant research interests. The review process will be ‘double blind’. An article that will pass through this procedure successfully will then be published in one of the numbers thematic magazines.

Call for Papers (with Polish-English translation facility): http://www.praktykateoretyczna.pl/call-for-papers/call-for-papers-varia/

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Neoliberalism and Education Workshop

NEOLIBERALISM AND EDUCATION WORKSHOP

BISA IPEG/BLT Workshop and Film Screening: Education Meets Neoliberalism and the Political Economy of Precarity
Location: University of Middlesex (MDX), Hendon. Town Hall, Committee Room 3
Date and time: 14 February, 2014, 10.30 – 19.00

Co-sponsors: BISA-International Political Economy Group (IPEG, Convenor Phoebe Moore) and BISA- Learning and Teaching Working Group (BLT, Convenor Steven Curtis, London Metropolitan University, Higher Education Academy)
Local organisers: Phoebe Moore (MDX Law), Elizabeth Cotton (MDX Business), Merilin Nurmsalu (MDX Law)
All welcome. Please email Merilin Nurmsalu merilin.nurmsalu@gmail.com with interest in attending for catering purposes.


This workshop will critically examine the political economy of current changes in education policy in the United Kingdom and internationally as it has impacted and impacts marginalized groups as well as educators. Discussions will touch on the political economy of precarity and ask difficult questions about the flexilisation of the labour market and how it is reflected in every level of education from early schooling to adult, community, higher and trade union education and training. Participants will look at changes to education in all levels of education from secondary to University, adult, community and trade union education including the depoliticisation of pedagogies and curricula. Further challenges are brought about through introduction of new technologies including distance learning, online administration and new performance indicators, all of which we will argue can be appropriated for critical use.
The changing role of educators will be assessed as we look at critical pedagogies, the seen purpose for private involvement in education and the concept of ‘employability’, internships and possibilities for critique and intervention. In that light we invite educators, public intellectuals and trade unionists who look at the need for specific absences to be revisited. This also includes critical investigations around the understanding of the dangers of precarity for mental health, the costs of precarity for educators and students, political trade union education and the waning of working class and disability representation in recent education policy as well as the classroom.
This event is intentionally set to run the day after a very important event on similar themes run by Maureen Spencer, Heather Clay and Alan Durant entitled  ‘The state, the university and liberal education: a complex relationship between piper and tune’ on Hendon campus on 13th February. Please email Christiana Rose for more details about this c.rose@mdx.ac.uk .

14th February programme:
10 – 10.30 Coffee/tea, registration

10.30 – 11.30 Plenary speaker: Matthew Watson University of Warwick, 'Taking the Classroom into the Community'
Chair: Phoebe Moore

11.30 – 12.30 Plenary speaker: Mike Neary University of Lincoln, 'Pedagogy of Excess: an alternative political economy for student life'
Chair: Steven Curtis

12.30 – 1.15 Lunch. Over lunch, Steven Curtis, Politics and Economics Lead for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) will take the opportunity to chat to participants about the support that the HEA offers university educators.

1.15 – 3.15 The Future of Trade Union Education (Workshop one)
Plenary speaker: Jo Cain, Head of Education for Unison, on the future of trade union education: perspectives from Unison
Chair: Elizabeth Cotton
Participants: Ian Manborde, Elizabeth Cotton, Martin Upchurch, Education for Action (Phoebe Moore, Kirsten Forkert, Miguel Martinez Lucio), Industrial Officer PCS, NUT, organiser for domestic workers

3.15 – 5.15 Community Education and beyond (Workshop two)
Plenary speaker: Joyce Canaan, Birmingham Radical Education (BRE(A)D) on critical thinking and practice and countering capitalist 'realisms'
Chair: Steven Curtis
Participants: Annabel Kiernan, Dave Hill, Johnna Montgomerie, People’s Political Economy (Laura Hill and Sarah Kunz)

5.15 – 7.00  Film screening We will screen, and Director Luke Fowler will lead a discussion about his incredible 61 minute film ‘The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott’ which is a beautiful documentary about the Marxist historian Edward Palmer (E. P.) Thompson, who was employed by the Workers’ Education Association (WEA) from 1946, aged 24, to teach adults in the industrial towns of the West Riding. These WEA classes were open to people for whom university education was not previously available.
See: http://lux.org.uk/collection/works/poor-stockinger-luddite-cropper-and-deluded-followers-joanna-southcott

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Organizing for the Post-Growth Economy

ORGANIZING FOR THE POST-GROWTH ECONOMY
ephemera: theory & politics in organization
Conference organizers: Ole Bjerg, Christian Garmann Johnsen, Bent Meier Sørensen and Lena Olaison
Conference date: 8-9 of May 2014
Conference venue: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Perpetual economic growth is an underlying assumption of the contemporary capitalist organization of society. The idea of growth is embedded not only in the corpus of economic thought but also in the institutions of the economy (Binswanger, 2013; Gorz, 2012). More recently, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity have been seen as possible ways to solve the current economic and environmental crisis as well as to generate growth (Schaper, 2002). This is the case because entrepreneurship and innovation are portrayed as seeds of new initiatives and ideas that will boost economic development while simultaneously reduce its impact on the climate. Such a belief has produced new markets, such as carbon markets, and an emerging ‘climate capitalism’ (Böhm, Murtola and Spoelstra, 2012). At the heart of this logic is a faith in the individual economic actor, not least the entrepreneur, as a gifted individual with unique abilities (Shane, 2003). And it is evident that the current post-crisis discourse keeps its confidence in the emergent socially responsible economic actor who will contribute to the construction of a moral economy' (Arvidsson, 2013).
This ephemera conference seeks to question the feasibility, moral legitimacy and sustainability of perpetual economic growth. Although contested, current political and popular beliefs tend to hold that the twin crises of economy and ecology are merely temporary, exceptional phenomena and that the global economy will soon bounce back to business as usual. However, others have suggested that we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the nature of capitalism (Heinberg, 2011). Instead of using our energies to prevent this shift from happening it may be more fruitful to appreciate the opportunities for reflection that are offered by the crisis. On the one hand, we should learn from history and see that the history of capitalism is indeed the history of revolutions. This suggests that we indeed may be at the brink of a new phase in society where we experience a change in the underlying structures. On the other hand, we can explore new forms of economic organization that do not rest upon the condition of growth (Schumacher, 1973; Latouche, 2009; Eisenstein, 2011). Even though the prerequisite of growth has been subjected to criticism within economic theory (Herrera, 2011), we need to further explore its implications. Taken together, the challenge is, in other words, to imagine what a sustainable post-growth economy might look like (Gorz, 1999; Seidl, 2010; Paech, 2012).
If growth is intrinsic to the current capitalist organization of society, then we need to ask to what extent it is possible to image a system that does not presuppose perpetual growth. Is economy without growth a contradiction in terms? We can approach the seeming paradox of the post-growth economy by rethinking fundamental economic concepts in today’s capitalist society. Since the value of growth seems to be deeply embedded in many of the most basic economic concepts used today, we therefore need to reconsider from the perspective of a post-growth economy: What is a market without growth? What is the role of entrepreneurship? And consumption? What would constitute organization and work? What is money? And most importantly of all, what is economic growth? These questions may be approached theoretically by analysing their implicit assumptions connected with the paradigm of growth-oriented capitalism (e.g. Daly, 1996), or they may be explored empirically by studying actual practices of alternative economic organization (e.g. North, 2010), such as, for example, slow food movements and direct trade.
The aim of a conference on a post-growth economy is not solely or even primarily to produce new knowledge but instead to think about what to do with the knowledge that we already have. Certainly, the problem of growth is nothing new. Since at least the end of the 1960s, it has been known that the expansion of the capitalist economy would eventually run up against the natural boundaries of earth (Carson, 2000; Measows et al., 1972; Georgescu-Roegen, 1971). The most pressing problem today with regards to sustainability is not that we do not know what to do; rather, the problem is that even though we know very well what to do, we are still not doing it. In other words, we know very know that current level of pollution caused by fossil fuels is not sustainable from a long-term point of view. Yet, by maintaining the current level of production and consumption, we behave as if it is. There is therefore an aspect of cynicism, in Sloterdijk’s sense of the term, which needs to be addressed in relation to sustainability and contemporary capitalism.
The ambition of this conference is thus to bring together researchers, practitioners and activists who share an interest in the issue of economic growth and sustainability. We particularly welcome submissions that explore the paradoxes of a post-growth economy and the interrelated themes of sustainability and entrepreneurship, alongside an exploration of the cultural and political context out of which they have emerged.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
* What is post-growth economy?
* What would count as work in a post-growth economy?
* What should management be like in a post-growth economy?
* What is the role of entrepreneurship in a post-growth economy?
* What constitute organization in a post-growth economy?
* What is the role of finance and debt in a post-growth economy?
* What would consumption be like in a post-growth economy?

Deadlines, conference fee and further information
The conference takes place at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 8-9 of May 2014. The conference is organized by the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy. The conference is associated with the Sustainability platform and the Entrepreneurship platform at CBS.
The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 February 2014. The abstracts, of no more than 500 words, should be submitted in the format of a Word document to the mail address: postgrowth2014 AT gmail.com. ephemera encourages contributions in a variety of formats including articles, notes, interviews, book reviews, photo essays and other experimental modes of representation. The conference fee has not been set yet, as it is dependent on the number of participants, but will be kept to a minimum, approximately €100. PhD candidates pay a reduced fee, most likely €50. Further information about the conference can be found on the conference website: http://www.ephemerajournal.org. If you have any queries, you can also contact one of the conference organizers: Ole Bjerg (ob.mpp AT cbs.dk), Christian Garmann Johnsen (cgj.mpp AT cbs.dk), Bent Meier Sørensen (bem.mpp AT cbs.dk), Lena Olaison (lo.mpp AT cbs.dk). Conference participants are encouraged to submit their contributions to the Special Issue on Post-growth economy in ephemera that will be published 2015.

References
Arvidsson, A. (2013) ‘The potential of consumer publics’, ephemera, 13(2): 367-391.
Binswanger, H.C. (2013) Die Wachstumsspirale: Geld, Energie und Imagination in der Dynamik des Marktprozesses. Marburg: Metropolis-Verlag.
Böhm, S., AM Murtola and S. Spoelstra (2012 eds.) ‘The atmosphere business’, ephemera, 12(1/2): 1-11.
Carson, R. (2000) Silent Spring. London: Penguin.
Daly, H. (1996) Beyond growth: The economics of sustainable development. Boston: Beacon Press.
Eisenstein, C. (2011) Sacred economics: Money, gift, & society in the age of transition. Berkeley, Calif.: Evolver Editions.
Georgescu-Roegen, N. (1971) The entropy law and the economic process. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
Gorz, A. (1999) Reclaiming work: Beyond the wage-based society. Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA: Polity Pressl.
Gorz, A. (2012) Capitalism, socialism, ecology. New York: Verso.
Heinberg, R. (2011) The end of growth: Adapting to our new economic reality. Forest Row: Clairview.
Herrera, R. (2011) ’A critique of mainstream growth theory: Ways out of the neoclassical science (-fiction) and toward marxism’, in P. Zarembka and R. Desai (eds.) Revitalizing marxist theory for today's capitalism (research in political economy, Vol 27). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Latouche, S. (2009) Farewell to growth. Cambridge, MA: Polity.
Measows, D., H. Meadows, D.L. Meadows, J. Randers and W.W. Behrens III (1972) The limits to growth: A report for THE CLUB OF ROME’S project on the predicament of mankind. New York: Universe Books.
North, P. (2010) Local money: How to make it happen in your community. Totnes: Transition Books.
Paech, N. (2012) Befreiung vom Überfluss: auf dem Weg in die Postwachstumsökonomie. München: oekom verlag.
Schumacher, E.F. (1973) Small is beautiful: A study of economics as if people mattered. London: Vintage.
Shane, S. (2003) A general theory of entrepreneurship. The individual-opportunity nexus, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Seidl, I. (2010) Postwachstumsgesellschaft: neue Konzepte für die Zukunft. Marburg: Metropolis.


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Friday, January 24, 2014

Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues - Book Launch, 'Karl Marx, The Revolutionary as Educator'

MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES – BOOK LAUNCH
Karl Marx, The Revolutionary as Educator
By Robin Small

UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON, CASS SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
STRATFORD CAMPUS
Wednesday 29th January 5.30 - 7 Room 2.04
Convened by Tony Green and Alpesh Maisuria 
In Springer series on Key Thinkers in Education
·         Presents new scholarship on Karl Marx’s educational ideas, drawing on original sources
·         Brings Marx’s educational ideas to life by setting them in their biographical and historical context
·         Demonstrates Marx’s relevance to the educational issues of the twenty-first century
This book is an introduction to Karl Marx as a radical educational thinker. Marx’s own schooling and education are examined to show his interest in educational issues was informed by his own experience. Educational themes in Marx’s thinking are identified, including the role of education in capitalist society, the contribution of education to human development and the character of education in a future society. These are placed in a historical setting by the author and related to public debates over educational policy.
Throughout his career, Marx identified education as key to the prospects of the working class. The story of this engagement adds a new dimension to the picture of his work as a philosopher, political economist and socialist revolutionary. The aspects of education that concerned Marx matched prominent features of his theoretical and political activity, and educational themes provided him with a critical application for many of his most important ideas.
The author explores Marx’ work on the British factory school system, his use of evidence from the reports of school inspectors, and the contemporary movement that led to the establishment of modern systems of public schooling. The final chapter relates Marx’s thinking to questions about the place of education in today’s society, showing how relevant it is for the twenty-first century.

ROBIN SMALL is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Aukland University and author of Marx and Education, as well as books on Nietzsche and phenomenology.

Karl Marx, The Revolutionary as Educator is published by Springer in softcover and as an eBook from springer.com/shop

ALL WELCOME (no RSVP needed)

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Critique Conference 2014: Imperialism and War

CRITIQUE CONFERENCE 2014: IMPERIALISM AND WAR
11 & 12 April 2014
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building,
London School of Economics, WC2A 3LJ
To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Critique is looking for conference papers around the topic of imperialism and war
We propose including the whole gamut of causes and consequences, given the extra-ordinary nature of the First World War, its mindless cruelty and destructiveness, on the one hand, but the fantastic explosion of working class revolution throughout Europe on the other. The ruling class was bent on compelling its citizens to fight to the last man, for a cause which disappeared into the mist. Imperialism, which most see as a crucial underlying cause of the war, continues down to the present and conceptions of imperialism, even as applicable to the War of 1914-18, have been developed and discussed.
Confirmed speakers include: Bob Brenner, Mick Cox and Hillel Ticktin
More information: http://www.critiquejournal.net
To propose a paper, contact: gkfa02@udcf.gla.ac.uk

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

London Conference in Critical Thought 2014

LONDON CONFERENCE IN CRITICAL THOUGHT 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: London Conference in Critical Thought 2014, 27th–28th June, Goldsmiths, University of London
CFP dead­line: 10 March 2014

The third an­nual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) will offer a space for an in­ter­dis­cip­linary ex­change of ideas for scholars who work with crit­ical tra­di­tions and con­cerns. It aims to provide op­por­tun­ities for those who fre­quently find them­selves at the mar­gins of their de­part­ment or dis­cip­line to en­gage with other scholars who share the­or­et­ical ap­proaches and interests.
Central to the vision of the con­fer­ence is an inter-​institutional, non-​hierarchal, and ac­cess­ible event that makes a par­tic­ular ef­fort to em­brace emer­gent thought and the par­ti­cip­a­tion of emer­ging aca­demics, fos­tering new av­enues for critically-​oriented schol­ar­ship and collaboration.
The con­fer­ence is di­vided into them­atic streams, each co­ordin­ated by dif­ferent re­searchers and with sep­arate calls for pa­pers, in­cluded in this doc­u­ment. We wel­come paper pro­posals that re­spond to the par­tic­ular streams below. In ad­di­tion, pa­pers may be pro­posed as part of a gen­eral stream, i.e. with no spe­cific stream in mind. Spanning a range of broad themes, these streams provide the im­petus for new points of dia­logue. Read the full call for pa­pers here.
Topics:
Aesthetic Refusals: Oppositional Citizenship and Public Culture
Conceptions and Practices of Critical Pedagogy
Critical Approaches to Care Relationships
(Dis)orders of Migration
Dissenting Methods: Engaging Legacies of the Past, Defining Critical Futures
‘en­titled’
‘everyday polit­ical’
How Does One Think Difference?
Legal Critique: Positions, Negotiations and Strategies
Moving Through the Intersection? Interrogating Categories and Postintersectional Politics
Philosophy and Critical Thought Inside and Outside The University
Pragmatism and Critical Traditions
Sounding the Counterfactual: Hyperstition and Audial Futurities
Strategies of Silence
Street Level: Towards a Critical Discourse on Urban Aesthetics
Subjects in Space(s): Navigating Multiplicity
The Critical Brain
The Human After Anthropocentrism? Life. Matter. Being.
Time Discipline
What is the Question of Critique?

Please send paper/​presentation pro­posals with the rel­evant stream in­dic­ated in the sub­ject line to paper-​subs@​londoncritical.​org. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should be re­ceived by the 10thMarch 2014.
Participation is free (though re­gis­tra­tion will be required)


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Art in Interesting Times

ART IN INTERESTING TIMES

Art in Interesting Times
16th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
March 27-29, 2014 
Keynote Speakers
Fredric Jameson (Duke University)
Kim Stanley Robinson (University of California, Davis)
Nicholas Brown (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Call for Papers … [Extended Submission to 24th January]


About the Marxist Reading Group
The Marxist Reading Group was formed in 1994 to facilitate an engagement with Marxist theories at the University of Florida. We host monthly reading sessions and annual conferences dedicated to maintaining a Marxist critique within the academic community.
You can contact us at: theufmrg@gmail.com

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Food and Society 2014

FOOD AND SOCIETY 2014
BSA Food Study Group Conference:
Food & Society 2014
Monday 30 June 2014, 09:00-19:30
British Library Conference Centre, London

Keynote speaker: Professor Lotte Holm, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen

Call for Abstracts
Poor diet, levels of food waste and intensification of agriculture are key themes in contemporary food research and policy making, yet they can appear disconnected from everyday social practices and the lived experiences of food and food systems. The fourth BSA Food Study Group conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to explore this apparent disconnect and showcase the most cutting edge research and practice from within and beyond the sociology of food.
‘Why do people fail to comply with ‘healthy eating’ advice?’ is a central question for public health policy makers. However it is one which generally fails to acknowledge that for consumers, food is also about pleasure and plays an ideological role in constituting family life. What, therefore, can social science tell us about food and eating in everyday life? To what extent are individuals responsible for their unhealthy or unethical eating practices and is it reasonable for them to be ‘blamed’? What is the significance of the social contexts in which lives are lived? How do emotions and ideas about food, pleasure and commensality influence food practices, over and above official dietary advice? What criteria do different groups of consumers use in selecting foods; are issues of provenance, safety and ethics the preserve of the few? What part can and should be played by food policy makers, manufacturers and retailers in addressing food related health and environmental inequalities? And what can industry, policy and academia learn from each other about the so-called ‘gap’ between knowledge and individual ‘behaviour’ and practices? The conference will bring delegates together around these – and other - issues to discuss what is important in food research now.

Call for Abstracts, Symposia, Posters and Images
The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of rigorous research on food and eating from sociology and other disciplines, looking at experiences in both the Global South and North. The presentation of research from related disciplines and topics is welcomed. Particular focus will be placed on the conference themes:
- The enjoyment of food, consumption preparation and eating
- Food ethics including food insecurity and waste
- Production and consumption, including global dimensions
- Procurement and institutional food
- Food health, obesity, morality
- Children’s food and breastfeeding
- Food and related policy (responses and interventions)
- Food and Public Health

We invite abstracts for oral papers lasting 20 minutes, with 10 minutes to follow for questions, and for posters. As in previous years a prize will be awarded for the poster which delegates agree best communicates its aims, methods, findings and conclusions.
We also invite abstracts for symposia with a maximum of three connected papers of relevance to the conference theme.
Acknowledging the methodological diversity of delegates’ research, we also invite the submission of original fieldwork photographs which reflect a research project. These should be submitted with captions of no more than 30 words.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 14 March 2014

Please direct any academic enquiries to the Food Study Group co-convenors:
Hannah Lambie-Mumford: h.lambie-mumford@sheffield.ac.uk  
Rebecca O’Connell: r.oconnell@ioe.ac.uk  
Andrea Tonner: a.tonner@strath.ac.uk  
For administrative issues please contact the BSA Events Team: events@britsoc.org.uk

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Crisis and Critique: Books for Review

CRISIS AND CRITIQUE: BOOKS FOR REVIEW


Warren Breckmen, Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy (2013)
Tom Eyers, Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology, and Marxism in Post-War France (2013)
Gabriel Tupinambá & Yuan Yao, Hegel, Lacan, Zizek (2013)?
Costas Douzinas, Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe (2013)
Slavoj Žižek, Demanding the Impossible (2013)
Slavoj Žižek (ed), The Idea of Communism, vol.2 (2013)
P.Thompson, S.Žižek (eds), The Privatisation of Hope: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia (2013)
S.Žižek & S.Horvat, What Does Europe Want? The Union and its discontents (2013)
Slavoj Žižek, Event (2014)
Alain Badiou, Philosophy and the Event (2013)
Alan Badiou, The Subject of Change (2013)
Alain Badiou, Cinema (2013)
Alain Badiou, Rhapsody for the Theatre (2013)
Alain Badiou, Mathematics of the Transcendental: Onto-Logy and Being-there (2014)
Warren Montag, Althusser and his Contemporaries (2013)
Clayton Crockett, Deleuze beyond Badiou (2013)
Antonio Negri, The Winter Is Over: Writings on Transformation Denied, 1989–1995 (2013)
Fredric Jameson, The Antinomies of Realism (2013)
Etienne Balibar, Identity And Difference: John Locke And The Invention of Consciousness (2013)
Guglielmo Carchedi, Behind the Crisis: Marx’s Dialectic of Value and Knowledge (2012)
Bruno Bosteels, Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Psychoanalysis, and Religion in Times of Terror (2012).
Evald Ilyenkov, The Dialectics of the Ideal (2013).
Louis Althusser, The Spectre of Hegel: Early Writings (2014)
Louis Althusser, On the Reproduction of Capitalism: Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (2014)
Adrian Johnston, Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogue with Contemporary Thinkers (2014)
Fabio Vighi, Critical Theory and Film: Rethinking Ideology Through Film Noir (2014)
F.Vighi, H.Feldner, S.Žižek (eds), States of Crisis and Post-Capitalist Scenarios (2014)
Bruce Fink, Against Understanding: Commentary and Critique in Lacanian Key (2013)
Bruce Fink, Against Understanding: Cases and Commentary in Lacanian Key (2013)
Jacques Lacan, On the Names-of-the-Father (2013)
Jacques Lacan, The Triumph of Religion (2013)
Roland Boer, In the Vale of Tears (2013)
Roland Boer, Lenin, Religion and Theology (2013)
Jan Rehmann, Theories of Ideology (2013)
F.Moseley, M.Holyoke, T.Smith (eds), Marx’s Capital and Hegel’s Logic (2013)
Stavros Tombazos, Time in Marx (2013)

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An Introduction to Radical Thinkers Set 8

AN INTRODUCTION TO RADICAL THINKERS SET 8

Louis Althusser / Etienne Balibar / Jean Baudrillard / Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe / Georg Lukåcs / Nicos Poulantzas/ Jacques Rancière / Gillian Rose / Sheila Rowbotham / Edward W. Said / Alfred Schmidt / Max Stirner

Published January 2014
AVAILABLE NOW: http://www.versobooks.com/ series_collections/5-radical- thinkers
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Verso is proud to announce the 8th set of our Radical Thinkers series. The latest set of books includes classic works from Gillian Rose, Etienne Balibar, Shiela Rowbotham, Jean Baudrillard, Edward W. Said and others.

“A compendium of left-wing philosophical and political thought, inoculating it against the ‘great idea’ of philosophy-as-self-help. As a way of transforming... formless disgust into educated critique, these books are a fine, cheap and decidedly elegant starting point.” Owen Hatherley
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“Verso’s beautifully designed Radical Thinkers series, which brings together seminal works by leading left-wing intellectuals, is a sophisticated blend of theory and thought.” Ziauddin Sardar, NEW STATESMAN
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For information on each book or to buy a copy visit the link after each title below. All of the titles are available together as a single shrink-wrapped set at a reduced price. For more information visit: http://www.versobooks.com/ series_collections/5-radical- thinkers
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RADICAL THINKERS SET 8:
THE SPECTRE OF HEGEL: EARLY WRITINGS by Louis Althusser
ISBN: 9781781681510 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1551-the-spectre-of- hegel
THE PHILOSOPHY OF MARX by Etienne Balibar
ISBN: 9781781681534 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 144 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1556-the-philosophy-of- marx
SCREENED OUT by Jean Baudrillard
ISBN: 9781781681558 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 208 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1561-screened-out
HEGEMONY AND SOCIALIST STRATEGY by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe
ISBN: 9781781681541 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 208 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1557-hegemony-and- socialist-strategy
TACTICS AND ETHICS by Georg Lukåcs
ISBN: 9781781681497 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1559-tactics-and-ethics
STATE, POWER, SOCIALISM by Nicos Poulantzas
ISBN: 9781781681480 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 272 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1552-state-power- socialism
HATRED OF DEMOCRACY by Jacques Rancière
ISBN: 9781781681503 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 112 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1560-hatred-of-democracy
THE MELANCHOLY SCIENCE by Gillian Rose
ISBN: 9781781681527 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 224 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1555-the-melancholy- science
WOMEN, RESISTANCE AND REVOLUTION by Sheila Rowbotham
ISBN: 9781781681466 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 288 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1558-women-resistance- and-revolution
FREUD AND THE NON-EUROPEAN by Edward W. Said
ISBN: 9781781681459 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 96 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1554-freud-and-the-non- european
THE CONCEPT OF NATURE IN MARX by Alfred Schmidt
ISBN: 9781781681473 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 252 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1550-the-concept-of- nature-in-marx
THE EGO AND HIS OWN by Max Stirner
ISBN: 9781781681565 / Paperback / $17.95 / £9.99 / $19.95CAN / 384 Pages http://www.versobooks.com/ books/1553-the-ego-and-his-own
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Labor Process / Valorization

LABOR PROCESS / VALORIZATION
40 years after Labor and Monopoly Capital, by Harry Braverman
Deadline for submission of articles: January 31, 2014
(Articles in Portuguese and English)
Guest Editor
Elcemir Paço Cunha
Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF)
“The distinctive capacity of human labor power is, therefore, not its ability to produce a surplus, but rather its intelligent and purposive character, which gives it infinite adaptability and which produces the social and cultural conditions for enlarging its own productivity, so that its surplus product may be continuously enlarged. From the point of view of the capitalist, this many-sided potentiality of humans in society is the basis upon which is built the enlargement of his capital” (BRAVERMAN, 1998, p. 38).
The purpose of this call is fostering discussions on the labor process in the capitalist mode of production, having in mind the 40th anniversary of the publication of Labor and Monopoly Capital: the degradation of work in the twentieth century, by Harry Braverman. As is generally known, this book resumed the discussions of Sociology of Work worldwide by evoking the links between the labor process and the monopoly phase of capital. From this copious influence, remained the so-called Labor Process Theory, which engenders discussions and events abroad (http://www.ilpc.org.uk/). The discussions from Braverman’s book, under the critical guidance of Micheal Burawoy, also, prompted considerations that, right or wrong, staked out the conditions for setting what came to be the Critical Management Studies (KNIGHTS and WILLMOTT, 1990).
Additionally, all movement in the different chains that put on hold the category work discussing its validity for a social criticism or its centrality to social life (Jürgen Habermas, Claus Offe, and Andre Gorz, and resonances in the recognition theory as it appears in Axel Honneth, in addition to authors having even postmodernist attitudes, such as Zygmunt Bauman), also served to greatly deviate research on the work problem (compare, notwithstanding, to different movements which do not claim such centrality under the terms of criticism, as György Lukács, Ernest Mandel, István Mészáros, etc.). Not by chance, the so-called Organizational Studies, which partly reflect on the issues of social and economic sciences, manifest the tendency to pass off the problems of the labor process as valorization process of capital by preferring other themes also important that, however, keep away from the key determinations of this sociability observed, whose guiding core is still (against the most varied prognoses) the logic of value.
Therefore, celebrating this work by Braverman means opening the possibility for discussions which bring up the issues directly associated to work and labor process in the capitalist production, addressing, by way of example, these possible points:
· Issues concerning the centrality of work;
· New expressions of work degradation;
· Work, work division, and command technique (administration) at work;
· Work, State, and social policies;
· Work and new expressions of the “social question”;
· Work and feminism;
· Others.
We would like to invite authors to prepare theoretical and empirical papers.
Cadernos EBAPE.BR is an online journal on Administration published in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by EBAPE/FGV (Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration of Getulio Vargas Foundation) and it is an open access journal - http://bibliotecadigital.fgv.br/ojs/index.php/cadernosebape/index. All approved papers will be published in the original language. The Cadernos EBAPE.BR is classified by the CAPES Qualis system as B1.
The authors should follow the guidelines for submitting articles to Cadernos EBAPE.BR in:
The articles should be submitted through the link: http://bibliotecadigital.fgv.br/ojs/index.php/cadernosebape/login  
You must register as an author, if you have not done it previously.
The deadline for article submission is January 31, 2014.
Note: please indicate in the field "AUTHOR’S COMMENTS” (bottom of the page – 1st stage of the procedure) that your article is for the special issue: “Labor process/appreciation 40 years after Labor and Monopoly Capital, by Harry Braverman”.
Specific questions about the special issue should be directly addressed to the guest editor: Elcemir Paço Cunha (elcemirpacocunha@gmail.com).
Guest Editor
Elcemir Paço Cunha
Associate Professor of the Post-Graduation Programs in Social Service and Law at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de For a

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Crisis and Critique 1

CRISIS AND CRITIQUE 1
The first issue of Crisis and Critique is now online.
Please, see the table of contents below:

CONTENTS:
Editorial Note, by H.J.Bjerre & Agon Hamza
1) The Impasses of Today's Radical Politics, by Slavoj Žižek
2) Socialist Democracy with Chinese Characteristics, by Roland Boer
3) The Indignant of the Earth, by Frank Ruda
4) Democracy and Revolution on the Internet, by Katarina Peovič Vukovič
5) Alain Badiou and the Aporia of Democracy with Generic Communism, by Panagiotis Sotiris 
6) Climate Crisis, Ideology and Collective Action, by Ted Stolze
7) Lacan and Rational Choice, by Yuan Yao
8) Redemptive Revolutions: The Political Hermeneutics of Walter Benjamin, by Nicolai Krejberg Knudsen
9) The Necessity of Philosophy, by Srdjan Cvjetičanin
10) What is a Party Part of? by Gabriel Tupinambá
11) Communism is Wrong, by Jana Tsoneva
12) The Jews and the Zionists: The Story of a Reversal, by Sina Badiei

Review Articles:
13) H.J.Bjerre: Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, by Adrian Johnston
14) C.Crockett: From Myth to Symptom: the case of Kosovo, by S.Žižek & A.Hamza
15) D.Tutt: Enjoying What We Dont Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis, by Todd McGowan
16) A.Ryder: Badiou and the Philosophers, ed.T.Tho&G.Bianco

About the Journal
Crisis and Critique is a philosophical journal. It is dedicated to exploring and critically developing political and social issues from the Marxist perspective, as well as exploring and addressing the emancipatory potential of Marxist thought and tradition. It also discusses the developments within the contemporary currents in philosophy.
Crisis and Critique appears twice a year.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Materiality At Work

MATERIALITY AT WORK

BSA Work, Employment and Economic Life Study Group
‘It’s not immaterial’ – Materiality at work
The BSA WEEL group is holding a half day seminar/workshop on materiality at work on Friday 24th January 1pm – 5pm.
How does the material environment of work matter? How are working lives and the organisation of the workplace impacted by the spaces, size, weight, smells, sounds and other material characteristics of particular jobs? In what ways do workers physically interact with the material world in order to perform work? How do instruments or tools mediate this interaction? Are interactions with organic materials different from interactions with non-organic materials? To what extent can we understand interactions with technology as material, rather than immaterial?
Generally, what can an understanding of work as material contribute to the sociology of work and employment?
The event will be held in the BSA meeting room, Imperial Wharf, London. Costs to participants £20 BSA Members, £25 Non-members, free unwaged/student.
We are especially keen for attendees who wish to do so to contribute five minute micro-presentations in which they explore the role of materiality in their research. These are *not* expected to be fully developed papers but instead should raise ideas that have come out of research and suggest issues that may be of interest to others.
If you are interested in contributing to the seminar in this way please submit a two sentence (max 50 word) proposal for a five minute overview of how your research relates to the materiality of work to Ben at b.m.fincham@sussex.ac.uk


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